PHILANTHROFUND FOUNDATION

aka PFund Foundation   |   Minneapolis, MN   |  http://pfundfoundation.org/

Mission

PFund Foundation builds equity with LGBTQ+ communities across the upper Midwest by providing grants and scholarships, developing leaders, and inspiring giving.

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Aaron A. Zimmerman

Main address

P.O. Box 3640

Minneapolis, MN 55403 USA

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EIN

36-3567019

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (T01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Our programs

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PFund Foundation Scholarships

PFund Foundations provides scholarships for LGBTQ+ students across the lifespan from Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and the Native Nations therein.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Students

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
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PFund Foundation Scholarships

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1 - BUILDING CAPACITY
PFund established a new Readiness and Resilience fund in 2021 to better respond to the needs of the LGBTQ community in uncertain times.
In 2021, PFund increased scholarship funding to $75,000 annually, a 25% jump over 2020.
PFund is in the process of strengthening its network beyond Minnesota, and by 2023 will have active grantmaking practices in all five states of the upper Midwest.
PFund increased membership in its planned giving society by 7% in 2021.

2 - DEMONSTRATING IMPACT
PFund will increase its annual scholarships and grantmaking to $200,000 by 2023.
In 2021, 51% of PFund Scholars were BIPOC.
PFund will increase the number of PFund Scholars and grant recipients by 30% over 2019 levels by 2023.
PFund will have board members from all five states by 2023.

3 - COMMUNICATING RESULTS
All communication responsibilities have been returned to in- house specialists employed by PFund for better communication directly to the foundation's key audiences and constituencies.
In 2021, PFund's senior staff were accepted to the Lightful BRIDGE program, a one-year intensive digital communications training underwritten by the Gates Foundation.
PFund Foundation has set a goal of doubling its web traffic and tripled the number of followers on social media by the end of 2022.
PFund hired an adjunct faculty member from the University of Minnesota's College of Continuing Professional Studies who specializes in remote instruction and applied business classes to reimagine and revitalize the foundation's online learning and training resources in 2022.
After a 2020 pandemic hiatus, PFund was able to hold a virtual event to connect PFund Scholars with donors in October 2021.

The LGBTQ+ community of the upper Midwest is not monolithic. Factors such as a age, race/ethnicity, geography, disability, income, and gender all influence the challenges facing queer individuals. PFund Foundation recognizes that some subpopulations of the queer community may need elevated levels of support to achieve equitable outcomes. To address this need, PFund Foundation has identified three prioritized communities who are especially important to our work:

Queer people of color
PFund recognizes that LGBTQ+ people who also belong to minority racial and ethnic groups experience additional oppression and discrimination--both inside and outside of queer communities. 51% of 2021 PFund Scholars identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color. During the worst months of the COVID-19 pandemic and related recession, PFund Foundation launched a $90,000 emergency fund for queer business owners of color in Minneapolis to help their businesses survive the economic impacts of the coronavirus and unrest following the murder of George Floyd.

Genderqueer people
Transgender, gender non-conforming, and nonbinary people are being made the targets of discriminatory legislation and scapegoating at the regional and national levels. The pandemic has also disproportionately impacted transgender and gender non-conforming college students: the Williams Institute at UCLA found that transgender students were six times more likely to have been seriously ill or hospitalized with COVID-19 than their cisgender peers. Two-thirds of 2021 PFund Scholars identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, or nonbinary.

Queer Dakotans
LGBTQ+ people living in North or South Dakota face a unique set of challenges, including the ongoing impacts of high COVID-19 rates, political environments actively hostile to queer and trans individuals, and fewer nonprofit resources for queer communities. PFund estimates there are at least 82,000 queer individuals living in the Dakotas and the foundation is in the process of building a new targeted outreach program to LGBTQ+ people in rural areas and the Dakotas in 2022.

Financials

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PHILANTHROFUND FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 09/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Becky Smith

Scott Cabalka

Sarah Julius

Dan Livak

Chong Moua

Patricia Nelson

Sara Radjenovic

Tony Rivera

Estefania Sedarski

Becky Smith

Linda Theis

Kay Waggoner-Johnson

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/8/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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